My predictions: 4/5, picking “Manchester by the Sea” over “Hacksaw Ridge”
My ballot: Come back in February!
The nominees: Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, La La Land, Moonlight
Every year for the past few years, there has been some excellent film that doesn’t make the cut here completely out of the blue. Sadly, this year, that’s “Manchester by the Sea,” which is my favorite of the year and definitely belongs here. I’m not so excited about “Hacksaw Ridge,” which made a strong showing with six bids. I’m much happier about the other four nominees, most notably “Hell or High Water,” which I’m ecstatic is here. “Arrival,” “La La Land,” and “Moonlight,” as usual, round out the list.
My current bet to win: I think this will be La La Land but it could be “Moonlight” also.